Steal the Bacon – Traditional

  1. Readiness Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 1-2

  • Bean Bags

Development Goal

To develop teamwork, listening skills and number recognition.

Before You Start

  • Describe the rules and demonstrate running into the center, grabbing the “€œbacon” (a bean bag or other smaller object)€, and running it across their team‒s goal line (one at each end of the playing area).
  • Ask the players to describe the rules of the game back to you.
  • Remember that younger players may have a difficult time remembering their numbers.

Set Up

Large rectangular area, such as a basketball court or field. Designate clear boundary lines.

How to Play

  • Divide everyone into two to four groups; each team sits on a boundary line.
  • Give each player a number, each group should have a one, a two, etc.
  • Place the “bacon”€ in the center of the playing area and assign each team one goal line at either end of the playing area.
  • The adult calls out a number and all students with that number run to pick up the “œbacon.”
  • The person who gets the “€œbacon”€ first tries to run across his/her team’s goal line without being tagged. The person whose number was called who did not get the —bacon”€ should try to tag the other player before they get across the goal line.
  • Once someone is tagged or gets across their goal line, the round is over. Everyone who played in the round give each other high-five’€™s and they go back to the boundary line with their teams.


For older players:
  • Use addition/subtraction, multiplication/division to call out the numbers, such as €œthe players with the number that is equal to two plus three.
  • Call more than one number at a time and require players to pass the bacon once before they can score.

For Pre-K:

  • Have children stay seated while they are waiting for their turn.
  • Use a washable marker to write their numbers on their hands.
  • Place two balls/objects in a hula hoop in the center and make sure each team knows which ball and which goal is theirs.
  • Before playing, demonstrate how to stand up, get the ball, kick/throw/roll it through the goal, retrieve the ball, put it back into the hula hoop and sit back down.